The Ladima Foundation at ZIFF & DISCOP Zanzibar


Established as a mechanism to support worthy women filmmakers from across Africa in order to contribute to correcting the major imbalances within the industry; The Ladima Foundation, in partnership with ZIFF, DISCOP Zanzibar and Africa in Motion Film Festival (AiM), will present a variety of programmes in Zanzibar from 7 to 15 July 2018.

In order to further its aim of supporting women in a variety of roles within filmmaking, video production and related content development through a range of projects and interventions, The Ladima Foundation will once again present its flagship project – the Adiaha Award for Best Documentary by an African Woman Filmmaker, presented annually at the Zanzibar International Film Festival.

The Award carries with it a cash prize and in its second year will now also provide the winning film with the opportunity to be screened at the Africa in Motion Film Festival in Scotland.

The Africa in Motion Film Festival’s founder, Lizelle Bisschoff will also be in attendance at ZIFF to present, alongside well-known academic and writer Stefanie Van de Peer, a workshop and selected film screenings on the theme of ‘Africa’s Lost Classics: Histories of African Women in Film.’

This half-day event will see the screening for the first time in Africa of two lost classics that have been subtitled in English, restored and digitised by AiM.  Mossane (Safi Faye, Senegal, 1996), and Fatma 75 (Selma Baccar, Tunisia, 1976) have hardly been seen or screened publically. Mossane is the last feature film by pioneering Senegalese filmmaker Safi Faye, and Fatma 75 was the first non-fiction film by a female Tunisian filmmaker, a feminist essay film documenting strong female figures in the history of the country.

The Ladima Foundation will also be presenting a programme at the inaugural DISCOP Zanzibar that will take place from 11 to 13 July at the Hotel Verde.  The Ladima Foundation will present the ‘Women of Influence Conversation’, which will bring together the most creative, iconic and culturally relevant women in Africa’s entertainment and media industry.

Additionally, Ladima will be sponsoring five young women in the industry who are from East Africa to attend DISCOP Zanzibar 2018.

The Ladima Foundation is also working with the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam on the ‘She Directs’ workshop series that will see a selection of young East African women filmmakers having the opportunity to hone their craft.

These projects reflect the core mission of the Ladima Foundation and its stated key interventions, which include: professional training, educational support, recognition, and networking and community. For more information visit the Ladima, ZIFF or DISCOP websites.

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Lara Utian-Preston is a passionately committed marketer and strategist with a focus on promoting African content and events. Two decades of working across Africa have provided her with insights and experience that she puts to work for the projects she manages. In 2006, Lara founded, and still personally manages, Red Flag Content Relations, a full service below-the-line agency that also focuses on African entertainment and lifestyle brand marketing, strategy, and publicity.


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